Tanager girls record first season win

Vermillion recorded its first victory of the girls' basketball season during the holiday break, winning at Tea Area by a 33-11 score.

The Tanagers were also on the road at Winner's Snowball Classic, losing to the host Warriors, 59-32. Vermillion thus took a 1-3 record to Sioux City East for a game this past Tuesday.

Coach Nick Mayer's ladies will be part of a girls-boys doubleheader at Parkston Friday night before playing at home for the first time this season next Tuesday against Madison.  The Tanagers will also be home Thursday against Lennox.

"It was a great feeling to get our first win," Mayer said. "The kids played hard and executed our game plan to perfection."

Sierra Allen had seven points, six rebounds and three assists. Sophie Nehlich-Arobba contributed six points. Kayla Munger picked off four boards while Lexi Regnerus had four steals and Morgan Erickson three steals.

"Our defense was the key to this ballgame as we caused Tea to turn the ball over 25 times and held them to only 11 points," Mayer added. "There are still things we need to sharpen up, but we are extremely pleased with the effort of our kids."

The Tanagers ran into a very tough foe at Winner. Allen again led the offense with 13 points along with six rebounds. Sophie Nehlich-Arobba pitched in with six points, two steals and four assists. Erickson and Regnerus scored four each, and Hannah Nehlich-Arobba had two steals.

"I thought our kids handled their pressure very well, and we played very hard on the defensive end," Mayer observed. "We will continue to improve on the offensive end and keep getting better with every game we play."

After a 10-day layoff following their season opener, the Lady Tanagers went to Madison on Dec. 21 and lost 61-35, facing a top-10 team that picked that night to shoot at a 55 percent clip.

Vermillion's opponent this Friday at Parkston was rated No. 1 in the state in last week's Class "A" poll.

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